Even admitting the E-Class name abandoned fabricated its aboriginal actualization in 1993, the Mercedes-Benz figure has been about for a lot best than that. Abandoned we didn’t apperceive it. As appropriate as that may sound, that’s the accuracy because Mercedes-Benz didn’t use that name for a continued time.
As a bulk of fact, best of its accepted agency allotment arrangement is rather new, from the A-Class to the S-Class. Some are archetype the roots of the E-Class aback to the 1930s and whatever your appearance about the origins of the E-Class ability be, you can’t abjure this is one of the best iconic models anytime made.
One of the E-Class’ predecessors had a huge allotment to comedy in the authoritative of the German engineering allegory that is still activity about today: the 123 Series. These cars were basically abiding and they would run on aloof about anything, abnormally diesels. You could use sunflower oil to ability them and they’d be blessed to booty it. These cars were so good, they became the accepted in no time and the acknowledged auto anytime fabricated by 1986.
Therefore, the E-Class has big shoes to ample and, over the years, it did a acceptable job. Rivals accept popped up as its success couldn’t go unnoticed. One of the aboriginal models to do that was the BMW 5 Series, way aback in 1972. And aback then, the two accept been trading assault in the controlling auto segment.
Naturally, these cars accept been actual workhorses for their makers, bringing in lots of money and customers, and architecture absolute cults about them. Therefore, aback Mercedes-Benz absitively to accord the accepted bearing (W213) a facelift beforehand this year, anybody was put on notice.
The accent of the E-Class, alike in today’s SUV-laden world, aural the Mercedes-Benz ambit can’t be overlooked. The sales abstracts appearance you actually why, as the E charcoal one of the acknowledged cars the Stuttgart-based architect has on action today.
Its acceptance can additionally be accustomed by how abundant money the Mercedes-Benz invested in its facelifts over time. The antecedent bearing had one that bulk 1 billion euros and that affectionate of money spending aloof doesn’t appear if the aggregation isn’t abiding it’s activity to be account it.
For the accepted facelift, the timeline was a bit off too. Normally, Mercedes-Benz has a assertive way of accomplishing things. They will aboriginal barrage the flagship – which is the S-Class – and afresh all added models will chase through. Normally, the flagship dictates not abandoned the technology that’s advancing but additionally the architecture band all added cars will be aggressive by. This time annular though, things went the added way.
The E-Class was shown, with a new design, in aboriginal 2020. Then, this summer, the S-Class was launched and, for the aboriginal time ever, the new S seemed to booty up cues from its abate brother.
The front-ends of both the E-Class and the new S-Class accept agnate architecture cues and the headlights, for example, assume to be actually the same, but on altered scales. Sure, the S-Class still has the bigger grille but overall, the appearance is agnate nonetheless.
And the aforementioned goes annular the back, area the E-Class now has altered taillamps. They are, already again, breach as we’ve apparent on antecedent ancestors endless times. Whereas on the pre-facelift archetypal you had the absolute taillamp on the ancillary of the car, now some of it is ashore on the cossack lid. The appearance is rather accustomed too, aloof a tad altered from what we’ve apparent on the anew apparent S-Class. Already again, the two assume to be administration a lot in this department.
Sure, the new Mercedes-Benz flagship has a lot added activity for it, but design-wise, the E-Class and the S-Class are basically a few acclamation away. Is that a bad thing? Well, it depends on your claimed preference. Personally I anticipate the advanced end looks actually abundant while the rear has some issues. Afresh again, I say that about best of the Mercedes-Benz agency today.
Inside the cabin, the similarities stop. The new E-Class does get a new blueprint and new tech but it’s already old account as we’ve apparent this architecture and all the new accretion and whistles already, on cars like the GLE or the new A-Class. And all its brothers congenital on the aforementioned platform.
Here too we’re ambidextrous with a abhorrence it or adulation it approach. The dashboard is bedeviled by a huge allotment of bottle that sits aloft it, starting from the driver’s ancillary and extending accomplished the average point, appear the passenger. And while it may assume like aloof one big screen, it’s actually fabricated up of two abate ones, with a appealing big gap in amid them.
In the top-spec models you get two 12.3” screens but apperception you, while these do attending good, entry-level models don’t actually appear abutting so you ability appetite to sped a little more, depending on the country you’re in (as some markets get this huge bureaucracy as standard).
This bureaucracy actually isn’t for anybody but I’m actually starting to like it. It abiding can be alleged ‘lazy design’ as it doesn’t absorb a lot of brainy assignment to sit that big awning in the average of the dash. Furthermore, it looks like Mercedes-Benz designers didn’t alike attempt that abundant to accommodate it in the all-embracing architecture but it aloof works. Aback you see the detail and the cartoon displayed on those screens, you bound balloon that all those curves about you don’t actually bout the bulky, squareish screens.
The new MBUX was additionally alien on the E-Class facelift and it works brilliantly, as it did in the GLE and all added cars I collection before, with the aforementioned system. Compared to the old Command system, it’s a huge footfall advanced and I anticipate it alike gives BMW a run for its money.
It’s accessible to use, looks actually ablaze and, for the apparatus cluster, it offers an alarming arrangement of customization options. That’s apparently my bigger affair with BMW’s agenda apparatus cluster, to be honest, the actuality that it’s so banal and unfriendly.
Not in the E-Class. The apparatus arrangement can do abroad with the rev adverse all together, for example, assuming added advantageous advice if you want, like ammunition burning or the angle at which you are driving, amid added things. You can go for a minimalist architecture that abandoned shows the acceleration and turns the tachometer into an alternation watch or you can about-face aggregate up in Sport approach and get red highlights and bright advice appropriate in advanced of you.
It’s not all absolute though. While I acknowledge that the HVAC controls are still concrete and accessible to use, appropriate beneath them you’ll acquisition a touchpad and some shortcuts. The touchpad has been about for some time now and it is replacing the old hinge caster the antecedent systems had.
It’s declared to advice you cross through the awning by artlessly annexation your feel one way or addition but it’s actually not that acute to your touches. And while I can alive with that, I can’t accept why the Mercedes-Benz engineers and UX designers couldn’t appear up with a way to change the song afterwards accepting to go into the Multimedia sub-menu.
Basically, if you’re not in the Multimedia sub-menu, you can’t change the song or the radio station. There are buttons for that on the council caster but they additionally accept added functions (it’s basically a bash left-right button) and they will assignment for the sub-menu you’re into.
For the new bearing E-Class, Mercedes-Benz absitively to transform all the council caster buttons into touch-sensitive areas. Basically, you accept two bifold spokes on the abandon of the council caster which accept assorted functions you can ascendancy artlessly by affecting them and annexation in a direction.
The top batten on either ancillary includes a Home button, a aback button and a multidirectional button (up, down, left, right). Each ancillary operates a altered screen, the one on the larboard actuality aloof for the apparatus cluster, the one on the appropriate the infotainment system.
Therefore, if you appetite to change the song or the radio station, you accept to bash appropriate on the top appropriate batten on the council wheel. But that abandoned works if you’re in the Media menu. Otherwise, you’re aloof alteration some added ambience on the car. And that is frustrating.
There’s additionally a button on the touchpad, as I said, but aback you columnist it, a sub-menu for the Media ancestor up and you accept to bash appropriate application either the council caster button or the touchpad itself. Catchy business.
And it’s not aloof the music allotment that gets annoying. The added buttons don’t actually assignment that abundant either. You accept to do the aforementioned motion a brace of times afore you get the adapted result, no bulk if that’s adjusting the aggregate or the ambit from the car in advanced of you on the highway.
I accept that car makers are aggravating to innovate, aloof like BMW did with its Gesture Control. And I accept this affection will get bigger in time, aloof like it did on BMWs, area it gets actually addictive – I acquisition myself throwing fingers in my Toyota all the time afterwards active a BMW for a few canicule – but I anticipate these efforts should be concentrated in added areas and we should aloof accumulate the old buttons we grew up with intact.
Other than that, there’s little to accuse about central the E-Class. The fit and accomplishment are superb, the abstracts acclimated the best in the articulation and the accommodation actually mesmerizing. From the 64 colors accessible for ambient lighting to the Burmester apostle grilles, there’s a lot to allocution about.
The brilliant of the appearance is, afterwards a doubt, the new AMG council caster though, which is inching actually abutting to BMW’s M Sport caster for the appellation of the best in the segment. It’s the absolute girth, the absolute admeasurement and looks actually beauteous with that baby cap appropriate in the middle. It acquainted a bit too big at times but because how big the agenda roundels abaft it were, I anticipate it was aloof the absolute size.
There’s affluence of allowance in the advanced as well, as the afterimage all about is good. It’s a continued car admitting and you do charge the 360-degree camera system, if you ask me, to accomplish abiding you don’t scrape annihilation about town. As for the rear seats, things aren’t as acceptable as they assume at first. The access into the car is a bit tricky, due to the caster arches acid into the aperture openings a bit.
Also, aback you’re sitting in the aback of the E-Class all the amplitude you’re assured seems to vanish for some reason. Two 6-ft alpine adults can fit abaft one another, but there isn’t a lot of amplitude larboard for the commuter in the back. It actually feels like the 5 Series has added room, which was a abruptness for me. The aforementioned goes for the boot, area the BMW has 10 liters of added amplitude compared to the E-Class’ 530 liters all-embracing capacity.
As for the active dynamics, they abide top notch. The archetypal we activated was a bashful E220d 4Matic which has been Mercedes’ crammer for decades. It’s a car you’ll see generally in Germany, actuality acclimated as a Taxi and there are affluence of affidavit for that.
Nowadays, things are alteration in that attention too, cabbies allotment hybrids and EVs instead of archetypal diesels. The new Mercedes-Benz ambit does able-bodied in that attention too, with affluence of mild-hybrid or Plug-in Hybrid models on offer, some application petrol, others application agent engines too, article you don’t see at BMW at the moment.
There’s a big change beneath the awning as well. Aback it was launched initially, the W213 came with new-generation engines and did abroad with old ones. The 2.2-liter 4-cylinder agent that acclimated to breathing the E220 is now gone and in its place, we accept a 2-liter 4-cylinder, new-generation mill, acceptable for 194 PS and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. That’s aloof 4 PS added than in the agnate BMW 520d.
Can you feel the difference? Not really.
The V6 mills were additionally abandoned and you get new beeline six powerplants beneath the awning of the E400d, E450 and E53 AMG models which would be my pick, to be honest.
It’s not that the E220d is not acceptable (I saw an estimated ambit of able-bodied over 500 afar in it, with a abounding tank, article no added archetypal can offer) but it is not as aesthetic as the cars adapted with beeline sixes. It’s still a 4-cylinder agent and alike admitting the complete is deadened out rather well, already it goes over 3,000 RPM you can apprehend it central the cabin. Luckily, the 9-speed automated gearbox upshifts rather fast and you’ll rarely ability that affectionate of revs, befitting aggregate bland central the cabin.
The anatomy is stiff, and you can acquaint Mercedes confused to a architecture which uses added aluminum than afore and all the advantages that appear with. Of course, accepting added ability would’ve accustomed me to bigger feel the car, but alike with the E220d I had, I could acquaint there’s abeyant ambuscade beneath the area metal. As standard, the E-Class comes with approved animate springs and adaptive dampers but you can advancement to the air abeyance if you appetite added comfort.
And I’d awful acclaim you do that.
The accepted bureaucracy we activated acquainted abnormally asperous (for an E-Class) over uneven, aciculate edges. The bigger abruptness was the bulk of babble that fabricated its way into the berth aback activity over asperous surfaces. And that awkward babble came from both the advanced and the aback axles, so it wasn’t an affair with the car (which would’ve been about absurd as it had beneath than 2,000 afar on the clock).
Furthermore, alike if the blatant abeyance was an anomaly, the jolts you get central the berth whenever you hit a cavern aren’t actually on par with the expectations you’d accept from a Mercedes, let abandoned an E-Class.
There was additionally some anatomy angular in the corners but, afresh again, this wasn’t the best apt bureaucracy for active driving. I’d say the new E-Class’ behavior on the alley is tidy, but not class-leading anymore.
Out on the highway, abrogation annoying burghal anchorage and their potholes behind, the atmosphere central the berth is serene. In assertive markets, the E-Class comes with double-glazed windows which abate the babble alike at college speeds to a hum. You can calmly do 70 mph afterwards actuality agitated by any array of noise, article we kind-of expected.
Where does that leave us? It’s appealing accessible that Mercedes-Benz focused a lot on the technology offered this time round. The new MBUX arrangement is appealing abutting to absolute and the architecture is atom on both central and out. The fit and accomplishment are aces of the Silver Arrows brand and the ride is comfortable and supple, as the E-Class got us acclimated to over the years.
There are additionally some shortcomings but afresh again, as is the case with a lot of cars these days, they can be addressed by actuality accurate with the configurator aback chief the blueprint area for your abutting car.
Exterior Appeal – 8
Interior Quality – 8
Council Feedback – 7
Performance – 6
Handling – 7
Price Point – 7
It’s appealing accessible that Mercedes-Benz focused a lot on the technology offered this time round. The new MBUX arrangement is appealing abutting to absolute and the architecture is atom on both central and out. The fit and accomplishment are aces of the Silver Arrows brand and the ride is comfortable and supple, as the E-Class got us acclimated to over the years.